This past weekend I had the opportunity to get a tour of the Simpson Racing store in Brownsburg, Indiana.

I was looking for a few particular items: a helmet, seat belts, and race suit (for Brandon).

Desire, the store manager, has been been with Simpson for over 18 years.

She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it came time to choosing which merchandise was the best fit for us.

The NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) requires you to buy equipment that meets their set standards.

I ended up buying one of the best helmets on the market. (Shown below. I did not purchase the neck cover.) It’s made from carbon fiber and is extremely light, which will help take some weight off of my neck and spine.

Since I’m not racing dirt track, I’m hoping it won’t get too much wear and tear and will last me for many years to come.

Another rule not many people would think of, is that the seat belts expire. It’s been a few years since the car I’m driving has been raced so we had to upgrade those for the upcoming season.

There were a lot to choose from but I decided on the this one.

It has a new cam-lock system, opposed to the normal latch and link system. That system has been around for years, but I feel like the new cam-lock will be a little safer, in my opinion. I won’t have to be so worried about accidentally unhooking the seat belt with my arm or hitting it with something else in the car.

The last thing on our must-have list was a suit for my husband.

I just got a new suit for Christmas 2012 so I was already set. Fun fact: I was supposed to race last year but those plans got put on hold when we found out we were expecting.

They had several options to choose from.

But ultimately he chose last year’s model. He liked the appearance of it a little better than most and really liked the way it fit. I can’t find the one he got on the Simpson website, but they have a ton to choose from.

They also had a really great selection of gloves and shoes.

But I am already set in that department too.

Santa had also bought me some new shoes to go with my suit in 2012.

And if you aren’t a racer but still enjoy the sport, they offer Simpson merchandise for men and women – tshirts, hats, and bags.

If you’re looking for new gear, I urge you to stop by this store.

They have everything necessary to start your racing career or to upgrade it, and the staff is very pleasant to work with.

Thanks again for the friendly welcome, Desire! I’ll definitely be back in the future!

ps… who’s ready to go racing?! ;)

 

Disclaimer: I was provided a discount for my review but all opinions are always my own.

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My family is big into cars.

My dad had his first race car in 1971.

He’s done dirt track racing, drag racing, street racing.

You name it; he’s probably done it.

He was [and still is] good at it too! And talk about one heck of a support system. There were very few races my mom ever missed.

My siblings and I were very lucky to grow up in the household that we did.

When I was 14 years old, my dad let me get behind the wheel of a Jr. Dragster.

At that age, you don’t know what to expect. Your adrenaline is flowing, your heart is pumping. What a rush. I get to drive a race car. Is this for real?

Yup. It was.

It was originally my brother’s car. He was only nine when he started. Then it got handed down to my sister, and then to me.

Fun fact: My father actually still owns the car to this day.

It was an experience that at the time, I took very selfishly. I wanted to win and that’s all I cared about.

For those of you that don’t know anything about racing, let me give you a very quick briefing.

In drag racing, you stage using a tree.

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You want to get both yellow lights at the top lit. From there the tree goes down until green. If you do what’s called “roll in deep,” the top yellow light goes off, and you’re left with the bottom one only, increasing your odds of going red aka getting a red light and losing. Sometimes it’s good to roll in deep. But whatever you do, you need to be consistent.

This was my problem.

One time I would get them both. The next I would go deep. So on and so forth.

My dad is an excellent role model in my life, and I look up to him and my mom for advice on just about everything. But when I was 14, I was naive. I thought I could figure it out on my own. So every time I received feedback from him, I took it as criticism, and I gave up. I’m pretty sure I only raced one season because I felt too pressured to do good.

It’s funny what aging will do for you.

Many seasons have gone by since then, and several years were spent on the sidelines watching my dad and brother race.

Fast forward to present day. This year my dad is allowing me to race one of his cars. A Mustang. A favorite in our family.

I will be competing in the Sportsman class at Route 66 in Joliet, IL this summer, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I obviously want to do good, but it’s been a few years so I’m not getting my hopes up. It takes skill. It takes practice. And it takes patience.

I will definitely soak up any and all advice I’m given. I want to learn, and I want to do good!

It’s a hell of an adrenaline rush and a really great time to share with friends and family. So if any of you are in the area, you should come on over and watch!

 

Are you into cars? Have you ever raced before? What did you race?

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